Organise an event

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Organise your own event and raise funds for Children with Cancer UK!

Organising your own fundraising event may seem a bit daunting, but we can help you have fun, stay safe and attract support to make your event a real success.

Our work is funded entirely by voluntary donations – we couldn't continue our life-saving work without you. Thank you for your support.

Planning your event

When planning an event, there are a few things to think about:


Five ladies at a charity fundraising ballResearch your venue well and make sure it has all the facilities you need. Do you need to organise toilets or is there good access for people with disabilities?

Date and time

Choosing an appropriate date and time to hold your event is crucial – would organising an afternoon tea be better than an evening event?

Think about who you want to invite and what time is most suitable for them.

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Put together a realistic budget of possible costs – you might need to spend money on eye-catching outfits, printing invitations or paying caterers.


Think of creative ways to make fundraising ideas fun for your guests. You could raise money through ticket sales, auctions, raffles, a bake sale, a collection at your local pub or a quiz night.

Read more: Set up your online fundraising page | Fundraising tips

Fun day

Why not organise a charity fun day? The scale of your fun day is up to you! Fun day’s can range from a group of friend at home to a bigger day in the park – you could hire a bouncy castle or a magician!

Download our 'How to organise a fun day' guide

Charity ball

Fancy holding a bigger event? Why not organise a charity ball? Ball’s are a fantastic way to raise amazing sums of money in one night whilst have a great evening yourself!

Download our 'How to organise a ball' guide

Think about a quiz night

Organising a quiz night is a great way to support Children with Cancer UK and have fun at the same time! We've got lots of top tips and resources for you.

Read more: Organising a quiz night

Guest list and invitations

Consider who you would like to invite and how you'll let them know about your event.


Spread the word through posters, flyers, print adverts and radio announcements. We can provide a press release template for you to send to local newspapers.

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Recruit volunteers to help with the preparations and on the day of the event.

Keep it legal

Your event may require permission from the police, your local council or even the charity. Give your local authority a quick call to check what you need to do.


You may require public liability insurance so make sure you have adequate insurance for your event. You'll need to check that your suppliers have got insurance too. If you need more advice, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

Health and safety

A band singing at a fundraising eventCheck with us to consider all health and safety issues if you are organising a large event – from food hygiene to fire regulations, it's better to be safe than sorry!


You can hold raffles but please check with us as there are certain restrictions with each type of raffle.

Tell us about your fundraising

Please complete the Your Fundraising Activity form to let us know that you are fundraising, and to request fundraising materials.

Your Fundraising Activity form

Find out more

To find out more about organising your own event or fundraising activity, please contact us

on 020 7404 0808 or email

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